Although its been ten years since publication of the first draft of the Human Genome, scientists have just begun to interpret the data. To pick up the pace, genetics research is getting more audacious and a lot more personal.
One ambitious plan, the “Personal Genome Project” (PGP), was started by Dr. George Church to discover the relationship between our genotype, phenotype, and environment. Dr. Church invited Misha and eight other people for complete sequencing of their genomes and to make the information public. Misha explained this fascinating leap into the near future — the technology, research personalities, and how it impacts our privacy and well being during our 40 minute interview.
Visit the PGP site, take the entrance test, and you too can be part of this innovative research project. I was enrolled in August, 2010, and on the list for the first 1,000 people to get sequenced.
Misha Angrist, is an assistant professor at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. He also holds an MS in genetic counseling, and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2009, as participant number four in the PGP, he had his entire genome sequenced. “Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics”, published by HarperCollins in 2010, is Misha’s adventure of being an early adopter of the brave new world of personal genomics.
About the images show above
1) Misha’s book, his enrollment photograph for the Personal Genome Project.
2) Misha Angrist is one of the ten original members of the Personal Genome Project.
3) Eight of the original 10 people in the PGP 10. The Personal Genome Project was started by Dr. George Church to understand the relationship between our genotype, phenotype, and environment.
Dr. Misha Angrist and I discuss his book, “Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics”. (30 minutes)